MSU Basketball: Adreian Payne is a good fit with the Atlanta Hawks

On Thursday night, former Michigan State power forward Adreian Payne was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 15th overall pick in the NBA Draft. Surrounded by Tom Izzo and Draymond Green and dressed in his suit with pink lining in honor of Lacey Holsworth– he wore it in memory of her because it was something he “knew she’d really like”– the pick came as a little bit...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Adreian Payne’s Colorful Draft Outfit Is A Tribute To Lacey Holsworth

NBA Draft outfits can be a bit gaudy, but they often have a lot of thought behind them. We’ve already seen what Marcus Smart included in his jacket lining, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne’s outfit also had some extra significance—it is a tribute to Lacey Holsworth. Pointing to “Adorable Lacey.” RT @freepsports It appears @Adreian_Payne is ready. What about you? #NBAdraft...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Hawks draft Michigan State's Payne in first round

After picking international prospects Dennis Schroder and Lucas Nogueira in the 2013 NBA Draft, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry reached into the collegiate ranks for his first-round selection this time around. Michigan State forward Adreian Payne was selected No. 15 overall by the Hawks on Thursday night. Payne was the second four-year college player off the draft board behind...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolverine Stauskas jokes about rooming with Spartan Payne

Nik Stauskas is a player that’s reportedly been rising in the minds of NBA teams. The former Michigan star is expected to be a lottery pick in tonight’s NBA Draft.  In an interview with, the sharpshooter answered a number of wide ranging questions, including one that resulted in an answer about Michigan State’s Adreian Payne.  Payne, Stauskas and Michigan’s...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

MSU’s Denzel Valentine Posts Heartfelt Message To Teammate Gary Harris Ahead Of NBA Draft

When all is said and done Thursday night, three former Michigan State Spartans (Adreian Payne, Gary Harris, Keith Appling) could be drafted onto NBA rosters. Arguably the player with the most upside is Harris, a shooting guard who chose to leave the university after just his sophomore season. In one of the more heartfelt moments we’ve recently seen on Instagram, his former teammate...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Draft Player Profile: Adreian Payne

(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)   Adreian Payne Michigan State – Senior (Born 1991) Power Forward 6’10″ 239 lbs   College Accolades: Honorable Mention AP All-American (2014) Second Team All-Big Ten (2013, 2014) Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2014) NCAA Tournament All-East Regional Team (2014)   The Good: - NBA length - massive 7’4″ wingspan - very experienced - three point...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Hawks' draft need for size, shooting may lead to Payne at No. 15

ATLANTA -- In his first two drafts as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks, Danny Ferry focused on the franchise's long-term future. With the exception of 2012 second-round pick Mike Scott, few of Ferry's draftees have made an immediate impact on the roster. The first-rounders, John Jenkins, Dennis Schroder and Lucas Nogueira, were taken with the understanding the Hawks would...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

What should the Chicago Bulls do with their two draft picks?

It’s pretty obvious what the Chicago Bulls should do with their draft picks on Thursday night- trade them along with some of their misfit pieces and get themselves a scorer. They desperately need another scorer, preferably a shooter. However, we’re not going to speculate about trades and free agent signings right now. We’ll save that for another Chicago Bulls article. For now...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

MSU’s Adreian Payne: likely top 20 pick, Bulls at #16?

The Michigan State Spartans replaced their all-everything Draymond Green in forward Adreian Payne, who’s looking like a NBA first round pick on Thursday night. Like Green, he’s a big that can do it all inside and out, throw it down, or shoot from the outside. Another parallel between this year and last is Adreian Payne previously not on NBA scout radar developing some serious...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Bulls Schedule Workout With Adreian Payne

The Chicago Bulls have scheduled a workout with Adreian Payne for Monday, a source tells RealGM. Payne was a four-year player for Michigan State. The Bulls currently own the 16th and 19th overall picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State's Payne impresses Wolves in workout

MINNEAPOLIS -- A 6-foot-10 power forward with the ability to rebound and shoot 3-pointers was working out on the Target Center floor on Saturday. Not so fast. It wasn't Kevin Love making his return to the home court. Michigan State's Adreian Payne, a possible target for the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 13 pick in the NBA Draft on June 26, was one of six prospects working...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

It's no stretch to project Payne in Suns' offense

PHOENIX -- NBA Draft scholars typically spend an impressive level of energy identifying possible comps between current prospects and existing professionals. And if you follow the talent-selection process of the Suns, it's easy to understand why anyone wearing the "stretch four" label is unofficially connected to Channing Frye. So even though every player invited to...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Too old? NBA prospects Payne, Early say not so fast

Only leading up to the NBA draft can a 23-year-old be considered an old man. Such is the life these days for NBA prospects who attended college for more than a couple years, players like former Michigan State forward Adreian Payne who was among the six players to work out for the Celtics on Wednesday. Payne, a three-year starter for the Spartans, was among the top players in the...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Adreian Payne, Clint Capela Illustrate Evolution Of Big Man Position

WALTHAM, Mass. — Clint Capela may not speak English very well, but for the moment he is trying to convince NBA teams he is fluent in the language of basketball. The Swiss big man by way of France worked out with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, joining a mixed crop of prospects at the team’s practice facility. He was modest about how he performed, though he did seem more satisfied...
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU basketball: Payne or Harris better NBA prospect?

According to the experts, Adreian Payne and Gary Harris will both come off the board in the first round of this years NBA Draft. However, there isn’t complete agreement on who will be taken first out of the two Spartan graduates Gary Harris’ shooting touch makes him an intriguing NBA prospectAlmost every expert mock draft had Gary Harris being selected before Adreian Payne until...
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Family honors Princess Lacey with racehorse

"Down the stretch comes Lacey the Spartan." Like many college basketball fans this past season, a Louisville, Ky, family was so moved by the story of an 8-year-old cancer patient from St. Johns, Mich., that they've named one of their racehorses after her. Lacey Holsworth, whose friendship with Adreian Payne and the entire Michigan State team became such a source of...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz Draft Profile: Adreian Payne – Michigan State

Adreian Payne Payne is one player who has really benefited from returning to college.  Over his years at Michigan State he has turned into an incredible stretch 4.  He went from taking 2 3-pointers in his sophomore year, to 41 in his junior year.  He hit on those 41 attempts at a rate of 38.1%, a big jump.  He has continued that jump by attempting 104 3’s his senior year and...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Executives Are Impressed With Adreian Payne And His Bond With Lacey Holsworth

Adreian Payne will always be known as a talented forward at Michigan State, but his lasting legacy as a Spartan may be his amazing friendship with the late Lacey Holsworth. At the NBA Combine this week, teams have asked Payne about his relationship with Lacey, who tragically passed away in early April, and the Holsworth family, and they’ve reportedly come away impressed. An 8...
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May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Michigan State’s Adreian Payne Played With Mono During Season’s Final Months

Adreian Payne had one of the most impressive NCAA Tournament game performances in recent memory. The Michigan State senior forward scored 41 points in the Spartans’ opening contest against Delaware, going 17-of-17 from the free-throw line. More impressive than his stat line, though, is what Payne was dealing with during that time.  Adreian Payne says he had mono since January...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Photos: Lacey Holsworth's family attends Adreian Payne's graduation

There’s not much more that can be said about the relationship shared by Adreian Payne and Lacey Holsworth, the eight-year-old girl who captured America’s heart before losing her battle with cancer. Today, Payne graduated from Michigan State University. There to support him was Lacey’s family.  Graduation Day for @adreian_payne w/family of @adorablelacey. @DickieV @msu_basketball...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Lacey Holsworth’s Life Celebration Memorial At Michigan State’s Breslin Center

Last week, Michigan State held a public memorial for Lacey Holsworth, the eight-year-old who famously befriended Spartan star Adreian Payne before losing her courageous battle with cancer April 8. The service, held April 17 at the Breslin Center–Michigan State’s basketball arena–was attended by thousands. Spartan guard Travis Trice spoke, and Payne did a “silent dunk” to...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Adreian Payne Honors Lacey Holsworth at Ceremony in her Honor

The story of Lacey Holsworth and Michigan State's Adreian Payne was one of the best and definitely the most touching of the March Madness Tournament. Her friendship with Payne was inspiring to say the least and when she lost her battle with cancer at the tender age of eight the news was--well, just talking about it now is getting me all misty eyed.A special ceremony was held...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Adreian Payne Honors Lacey Holsworth With Silent Dunk (Video)

Michigan State held a life celebration for Lacey Holsworth. The team put together a tribute video for Lacey where many Spartans spoke including Tom Izzo.  The most touching moment came from her dear friend Adreian Payne who honored her with a silent dunk. Holsworth passed away early on April 9 from a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma. She had developed a strong bond with...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Adreian Payne performs silent dunk for Lacey Holsworth

In celebration of Lacey Holsworth's life on Thursday night at the Breslin Center, Adreian Payne performed a silent dunk.
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Adreian Payne Does A “Silent Dunk” To Honor Lacey Holsworth

Thursday night, Michigan State held a ceremony for the late Lacey Holsworth, an 8-year-old girl who befriended Spartans center Adreian Payne and the rest of his teammates over the past two years. Holsworth passed away from cancer earlier this month after a long, courageous battle with the disease. The school put together a tribute video and had different members of the program speak...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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